the ticket inspector on a train is seen coming from carriage to car≠riage
he does not look into your face to learn who you are in order to be
satisfied of your right to be traveling on the train? No! he concentrates
on the ticket which you hold out to him, and if that is right, you have a
right to be traveling on the train, no matter who you areórich or poor,
high or low.
So Christ, and Christ
alone, is our ticket to heaven. Never can we say, Lord, look upon
me, for I am holyónever; but rather look upon Christ, who is our
passport. Unworthy? Most assuredly we are. And if we live to be outwardly
the greatest saint, we will be unworthy still. God chooses to save. It is
not a question of what we deserve, but what Christ deserves for God's
evaluation of what Christ has done is that he has perfectly earned a place
in heaven for all who believe on him.